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Elemental concentrations in Jamaican peat

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The peat of the Negril Morass in Western Jamaica was sampled at depths down to 7 m in directions parallel and perpendicular to the seashore, and the samples were analysed for Al, As, B, Br, Ca, Ce, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, I, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Sb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ti, U and V by instrumental neutron activation analysis and by spectrophotometry. The peat is high in ash content, but the concentrations of most elements are below crustal abundances and therefore provide no evidence of nearby mineralisation. The elemental concentrations indicate that no particular environmental hazards are to expected from the use of this peat in electricity generation.

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Harty, E.M., Lalor, G.C. & Robotham, H. Elemental concentrations in Jamaican peat. Environ Geochem Health 13, 197–202 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01758637

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Keywords

  • Geochemistry
  • Activation Analysis
  • Electricity Generation
  • Elemental Concentration
  • Spectrophotometry